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Balto and the great race
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.
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Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1999]

Physical Description:
99 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 20 cm
Recounts how the sled dog Balto saved Nome, Alaska, in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.
General Note:
"A Stepping Stone book."
Reading Level:
870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.3 2.0 31070.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 3 Quiz: 19833 Guided reading level: P.
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Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog--until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish--and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life. A Kansas City Children's Book Award for Grades 1--3 From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. The story of how a Siberian husky bravely led a team of dogs through a raging Alaskan snowstorm to deliver medicine to sick children is such an incredible one it's hard to believe it's true. In fact, Kimmel's text reads more like fiction than fact, partly because of her flair for drama and partly because she often relates Balto's thoughts and feelings, a technique that works exceptionally well here, drawing children into the story and transporting them back to 1925 Alaska. The book's only flaw is Kimmel's departure from the story to give readers related information--such as a discussion of the Iditarod, which, unfortunately, comes during one of the most exciting parts. Such discussions could have been saved for an endnote. Still, this exciting tale will thrill its middle-grade target audience and make a great read-aloud for younger children. The illustrations not available for review. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Kimmel presents the legendary story of the part-husky/part-wolf sled dog that braved severe blizzard conditions to take antitoxin serum to a remote Alaskan village in 1925. When the town was stricken by a diphtheria epidemic, Balto overcame unbelievable obstacles to accomplish what other dogs could not. This heroic canine has been immortalized in statue, film, and now in a book that brings his story to life. Kimmel's writing deftly combines geography, sled racing, and historical background with the gripping adventure of Balto's race to save lives. In many ways, the book reads like fast-paced fiction. Koerber's service- able black-and-white illustrations appear throughout and reflect the action. Sure to appeal to beginning chapter-book readers.-Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 1
Part I
1. Nome, Alaskap. 4
2. Nome: Crisis!p. 9
3. Nome: Gathering the Teamsp. 17
4. Bluff, Alaskap. 27
5. Bluff: Bad Newsp. 38
6. Nome: More Bad Newsp. 41
7. Norton Sound: Seppala and Togop. 47
8. Bluff, Norton Sound, and Golovinp. 51
9. Bluff, Solomon, and Port Safetyp. 56
10. On the Trailp. 63
11. Past Port Safetyp. 70
12. Nome Againp. 81
Part II
13. Around the Countryp. 86
14. Cleveland, Ohiop. 92
Afterwordp. 96
Author's Notep. 98

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